Sports complex costs clarified

The City of Vernon is making it clear who will pay for the new sports complex, even though it can’t avoid the bill.

Council will inform the Ministry of Transportation that any road upgrades required for the sports complex in Coldstream should be directed to the Regional District of North Okanagan for funding. It will also tell RDNO that the district is responsible for any future parking that may be needed.

“It’s a regional district facility,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky of the running track and sports fields under construction next to Okanagan College.

However, because the city is part of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee and the largest jurisdiction in the service, Vernon would pay about 68 per cent of any costs associated with the regional district.

The other participants are Coldstream and Areas B and C.

RDNO initiated a traffic impact study in relation to the sports complex.

“The study, as conducted by our consultant, revealed no necessary upgrades to the Highway 97 corridor or the College Way intersection,” said Keith Pinkoski, RDNO parks planner, adding that the process involved the Ministry of Transportation.

“We have received no comments or concerns to date on this item.”


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